By Jennifer Brown, Founder and CEO of PeopleTactics
Over time, employees may lose their motivation. When this happens, the company suffers – productivity and creativity decline and absenteeism and turnover increase. How can you keep their motivation going? Below are a few strategies you can implement to keep your team moving in the right direction.
Get to know what motivates each team member
Different people are motivated by different things. Therefore, designing a “one size fits all” rewards program is challenging to say the least. Depending on an employee’s personality, she may be extrinsically motivated (i.e., promise of monetary compensation, tangible rewards) or intrinsically motivated (i.e., desire to succeed for its own sake or to be recognized as effective by her peers). Discover how to effectively motivate each person on your team.
Create a motivating environment
Reward programs can be effective; however, there must be a solid foundation to build upon. Employees are often seeking exciting work, open communication from management, and a sense that they are appreciated both professionally and personally. As their manager, make sure you address these needs first.
Develop rewards that work
Once you have a solid foundation, adding in a rewards program can really bolster your team’s motivation. Design a rewards program that:
- Has a good mix of both extrinsic rewards (i.e., cash, PTO, gifts) and intrinsic rewards (i.e., simple ‘thank you’, recognition in a staff meeting, write-up in company newsletter) to reach both extrinsically and intrinsically motivated employees
- Delivers on what is promised
- Clearly outlines what behaviors are needed to achieve success
- Supports your company’s core values
Whether it is a cash bonus or a shout out at your next team meeting, be sure to make your employees’ motivation a top priority. When your team is motivated to succeed, everyone wins!
Want to create a motivating environment for your team? We can help! Email us or give us a call at 703-587-5615.
PeopleTactics works with small business owners to prevent and solve Human Resources problems that can drain them of their time, money and energy.